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i-D Would Like You to Know It’s Always Been Committed to Diversity, Thank You Very Much

Willow Smith i-D

Image: i-D

More black women than usual have been featured on September magazine covers this year – and that’s a great thing. But one publication is taking issue over the media’s fawning about this fact. i-D published an essay by Steve Salter about the hub-bub over the September covers, mentioning that in the articles praising the month’s diversity, i-D‘s Willow Smith cover was referenced. While the shoutouts are nice and all, Salter takes issue with the magazine being lumped in with publications who don’t have the decorated history of regularly using people of color on its covers. 

“For me, in 2015, it’s both disheartening to see race referenced as a trend and linked so blatantly to commerce, especially when my own publication is thrown into the mix to support their arguments,” Salter writes. “I get it. The greater the volume of examples, the more powerful the argument. Right? No. Not if your argument strikes the very heart that pulses through the publication’s pages. Now, I could be deemed naive, biased even but by its very nature i-D has always pushed diversity and in every piece I’ve read, this has been grossly overlooked.”

Diversity Report: Fashion Magazine Covers Still Pretty White in 2014 ]

As we see time and time again, magazine covers overwhelmingly feature white women. Salter is correct in pointing our that i-D has a long tradition of using models from all kinds of racial backgrounds. Browsing through its cover archive shows exactly that. Sure, there are a ton of white models but there are also plenty black, brown and Asian people featured, and that’s something that should definitely be taken into account. As Salter put it, “For a feature to use your title to illustrate their argument and then shift the focus in a direction that it doesn’t fit, is irksome. Why not call out the titles who are actually guilty rather than whitewash i-D‘s past, present and future?”

[via i-D

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A New Peek at What’s to Come for Balmain x H&M

We’re pretty bummed that summer is coming to a close and our only consolation is that a lot of dope fall clothing is about to hit shelves. Folks are particularly amped about H&M’s forthcoming collaboration with Balmain. To announce the collaboration back in May, creative director Olivier Rousteing debuted two looks from the range at the Billboard Music Awards red carpet with the help of Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner. Now, ELLE UK has a preview of what’s to come in its October Issue which hit newsstands today. 

In an image posted to its Instagram page, we see a woman in what appears to be a black and white striped button-up with gold buttons and striped trousers.The look is completed with a black and deep green faux fur coat with leathery details and a tie belt. Inside the issue, the same woman rocks a bandeau top, slouchy pants, longline sleeveless blazer and strappy sandals with gold detail. But the most eye-catching look has to be a bright pink dress festooned with beads, sequins and shiny metallic quilting. Each look is very Balmain in its own way and reminds us of pieces we’ve seen on the proper Balmain runway.

Take a peek over at ELLE UK and get excited for the collection, which hits stores November 5.

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Catherine Deneuve Captivates on Purple Fashion’s Cinematic Fall Cover (Forum Buzz)

Purple Fashion hasn’t debuted a new issue since forever (at least it feels that way), but thankfully, the French biannual publication’s Fall 2015 installment is here for our pleasure. To our amazement and sheer delight, Catherine Deneuve is the magazine’s cover subject, photographed by Juergen Teller as she took a stroll through a field wearing Louis Vuitton and looking far younger than her 71 years of age. In the cinematic shot, Catherine takes us back to those iconic films of hers like Belle de Jour and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, making us head over heels for the arresting image.

Purple Fashion #24 Fall 2015 Catherine Deneuve by Juergen Teller

IMAGE: PURPLE.FR

Forum members began to descend on the thread right away and were in complete awe. “Oh that is so lovely! Looks like a magazine straight out of the late 60s … adore,” raved Tinsley V.

“I love this! Catherine Deneuve always looks amazing and classy,” admired Zelda Zonk.

Flashback: Vogue Paris December 2003/January 2004 with Catherine Deneuve by Mario Testino ]

TREVOFASHIONISTO was quick to show the cover some love, too, crediting it as the “best Fall cover IMO. It looks like a movie still” with DutchHomme adding, “this is probably my favorite 2015 cover!”

“It is a very strong and beautiful image that instantly conjures up her film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. But, it’s also very spring-ish in its mood,” favored Phuel.

Also feeling nostalgic was Wolkfolk: “Don’t know why but it reminds me of Belle de Jour. Really gorgeous and captivating cover.”

[ September Issues: All the Covers We Loved and Hated ]

We’ve clearly been won over this time. “Amazing cover and as usual, looks like there’s gonna be great content. I think Purple‘s the only mag I’ve always bought since its birth,” said mistress_f, who was a clear supporter.

“I can’t help but love this magazine. Cool cover,” shared a satisfied gossiping.

Await the content and join the conversation here.

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Of Course Rihanna Looks Perfect in Dior Magazine

Rihanna Dior Magazine

Image: Dior

Rihanna made history as Dior’s first black campaign star and it seems the label can’t get enough of her. The pop songstress is featured in a spread in the latest issue of Dior magazine and to say the bad gal looks stunning would be, as it always is, a gross understatement.

Craig McDean shot the Dior-swaddled Bajan beauty for the issue, in which we see Riri in a sultry mesh dress, jackets and booties with a perspex heel. In other snaps, the singer dons a geometric-print bodysuit and a mean pair of shades as she poses by a clear plastic chair. Of course, Rihanna could not help but share several snaps from the shoot on her Instagram page for the world to see and we just want to take the time out to thank princess Ri for blessing us with her glory on our timelines.

Peep the images in the slideshow below. (more…)

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Georgia May Jagger Designed the Ultimate Biker Jacket for Mulberry

Mulberry loves its It girls and they’re giving another a chance to put her personal stamp on the brand’s wares. The label has tapped Georgia May Jagger to design a leather jacket (amongst other items), inspired by her personal collection of vintage pieces. Jagger’s range includes three leather moto jackets ($1,590), each with a quilted jewel-tone lining in magenta, green and blue, a four colorway range of bags dubbed the “biker pouch” ($630) in black, magenta, blue and green and three stoles ($310) and squares ($150). 

Jagger mentions that her jacket is customizable – you can add your initials or your name to the piece to make it your very own. The 23-year-old model joins a robust list of It girls that have collaborated with the Mulberry brand including Cara Delevingne and Alexa Chung. 

Watch Jagger talk about her collection in the video above and shop the range at Mulberry now.

[h/t Fashionista]

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The Gentlewoman Wins Us Over Again with This Saoirse Ronan Cover (Forum Buzz)

Ever since its launch back in Spring 2010, our forums have been huge supporters and admirers of everything The Gentlewoman delivers. The magazine always features inspirational women as cover subjects, including memorable appearances from the likes of Beyoncé, Björk, Angela Lansbury and Christy Turlington Burns. Now, as the biannual title gears up for the release of its Autumn and Winter 2015 edition, Saoirse Ronan is unveiled as The Gentlewoman‘s 12th cover star. Shot by Alasdair McLellan, the Irish actress wears Miu Miu — and we’re loving it.

The Gentlewoman Fall 2015 Saoirse Ronan by Alasdair McLellan

IMAGE: THEGENTLEWOMAN.CO.UK

“Another stellar cover from The Gentlewoman! Very striking shot, she’s such a beautiful girl and her stare is amazing,” enthused Wolkfolk the moment the cover dropped.

“Amazing cover and an amazing actress that deserves more work and exposition. This magazine hardly ever disappoints, looking forward to the content,” anticipated an excited mistress_f.

Also raving about the cover was kokobombon: “It’s very striking in its simplicity.”

Forum member GIVENCHYlover soon admired, “She looks so weird and interesting at the same time.”

“Really strong cover, Saoirse does look a bit weird, I think it’s the stare. The styling is great too,” commented jescajade in agreement.

ThatGuyPaul was a fan, too, echoing, “Lovely portrait. Can’t wait to get this!”

Although not all of us were left jumping for joy. “Hmm I’m not sure I feel this. Perhaps I’m used to the magazine using more refined styling. Her shoulders do looked hunched up, though. It’s hard to beat Saoirse’s The New York Times T Magazine cover and ed by Paolo Roversi. In any case The Gentlewoman is my favorite magazine, and I can’t wait for previews,” shared t-rex, as signs of criticism started to flood in.

Will you be buying it? Drop us a comment here.

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